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I Have Trichotillomania

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    It's like a bad hair cut.

    .. month after month
    jandelrey jandelrey 13-15, F Feb 13

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    This is something I really want you all to read.

    Now this isn't something I learned from my therapist. nor some professional. This is something that I discovered deep inside, and it is a weapon for me, against trich. If you're reading this, I want you to take a couple minutes to think hard about the stuff that you're ashamed...
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 1, 2014

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    Havent pulled at all today

    and only a little last night.. Baby steps :D (if you need somebody to talk to PM me :)
    taylorrolyat14 taylorrolyat14 16-17, F Nov 22, 2014

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    I beat it! I did! I'm an 18 year old

    that has reassurance for all you trichsters out there- reassurance that doesn't have anything to do with doctor's visits, meds, or CBT appointments. Hang in there, it's possible. Message me for those tricks :)
    tricksfortrich tricksfortrich 18-21 1 Response Oct 12, 2014

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    I had been doing so much better with

    controlling myself. I had a full set of eyebrows and then tonight while I was trying to study for the 5 tests tomorrow I realized that I had pulled out half of one of them. I feel so sick and disappointed right now I don't know what to do.
    justcaity97 justcaity97 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 11

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    Four days without picking my hair.

    The longest period of time in almost 6 years.
    jackson112 jackson112 22-25, M Aug 30, 2014

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    Trichotlomania is one of the hardest things to

    deal with. Let alone it sounding revolting to most people, THEY NEVER UNDERSTAND! My biggest problem is my eyelashes and head. People will always tell me to "stop that" or and why I pull them out. They don't understand the addiction, the shame, and the depression behind it. I am...
    elizabethandy elizabethandy 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 4

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    The hardest part of having Trichotillomania is

    probably the envy or jealously you have for other people who have hair. I know it's a nasty & torturous thing to do but sometimes I can't help the strong longing & envy as I watch my cousins braid their hair, or brush it, maybe even considering dying it. I'm simply surrounded...
    ChantyPrime ChantyPrime 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 8

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    Has anyone tried any hair growth supplements to

    help with their trich? I've tried a few lash enhancing serums and I've recently started trying out biotin supplements. Anyone noticed a difference with things like this?
    justme973 justme973 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 19

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    I am so proud of myself.

    This is officially day 3 being pull free. I want this to last.
    123me321 123me321 13-15, F 4 Responses Apr 28, 2014

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    For the first time since I was nine years old

    (i'm 20 now), I have let a significant amount of eye lashes grow in. They are almost fully grown, just gotta give it another few weeks. I want everyone to know I'm here for them who has this problem. And that I understand how hard it is.
    Ginap94 Ginap94 18-21, F Feb 3

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    Makeup. Lotion, primer,

    powder, blush. Shadow, liner, brows and puff. Mascara? No way. Makeup was not supposed to be part of my daily regiment. It was supposed to be a special occasions thing that I didn't waste my time on while in college. I guess that ship has sailed. Some girls wake up in...
    AbusiveMistress AbusiveMistress 18-21 2 Responses Dec 15, 2014

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    I have been suffering from trich

    for 4 years and in those 4 years I have gone to 4 different schools because of bullies. This year I am going to a new school and I am determined to not pull my hair out this summer!
    hairlesscareless hairlesscareless 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 21, 2014

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    gumara gumara 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 17

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    A Cured Hair Puller

      Each thread of hair feels as soft as silk as I play with it with my fingers. I touch the root of one hair I have been dying to pull. I reach the root and dig my nails into the skin and there is a slight pop. I slowly part it from my head and feel a rush of relief. My...
    LDAWG1 LDAWG1 16-17, F 17 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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    Yes, me too. I've been struggling with it

    for nearly 10 years now. I pull only at the hair on my head. I don't pull it out from the roots though. What I do is snap it off from any length. Sometimes only the ends, sometimes closer to the scalp. It reaches its peak when I'm anxious and it goes totally out of my control...
    idontlikesharingmyfriends idontlikesharingmyfriends 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 9

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    I hate myself because of trich.

    I hate my face. And i hate how no one I know will ever understand what I go through because of it.
    justme973 justme973 18-21, F Mar 16

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    Wow, I feel a little better

    after hearing about so many other people's stories that sound so similar to mine. My plucking started in second grade, at age 7 or 8, and it started with my eyebrows. I'd focus specifically on a few hairs and would end up accidentally digging little "holes" into my skin; my...
    tulipsunleashed tulipsunleashed 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17, 2014

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    I am so happy to announce

    that today marks 30 days of being pull free. I'm so happy! I wish there was something I could tell everyone that I did to help me but there isn't really anything. I had been dating my boyfriend for almost 10 months when I finally decided to tell him. I was so scared that he was...
    emily39 emily39 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 29, 2014

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    I've really only had Trich

    for 8 months, however I've played with my hair ever since I was little, I'm 15 now and it began with small spots and turned into almost having no hair on one side of my head. For a while I could cover up the bald spots but lately I can't because I really don't have the hair left...
    jandelrey jandelrey 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 13

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    Trich And How I Stopped

    Hey, my trichs-in-law. Today, I am going to share my entire story of Trichotillomania and how I have managed to make a great recovery (for those of you who have trich, you will know what a task this is). I know exactly where it all began. Right now I'm 17 years old. The incident...
    Petrea94 Petrea94 16-17, F 41 Responses Nov 22, 2011

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    I am 16 years old and I have trichotillomania.

    I was 9 when I first started I had gotten in fight that day and started pulling my hair out. When my parents saw I told them it was from the fight, but eventually they knew that wasn't the case because the spot just grew larger and larger. By 4th grade I had to wear a bandana...
    dafinest dafinest 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 26

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    Trichotillomania or known

    as "trich" is a super rare disorder that I happen to have, yes.. You heard it, I pull my hair out, I always hear people ask "but does it hurt?" No. It doesn't, it's relieving, actually, but the feelin after isn't. Constantly looking in the mirror and breaking down into tears...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 7 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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    I have pulled out my eyebrow

    and eyelash hairs for a VERY long time. It's very satisfying when I see a few hairs between my fingers. I do have stitches one my one eyebrow. That's why it looks so bare. Does my face look like I pick my hair a lot? I don't pluck or wax. I'm an all natural girl. Do I look...
    Scal92 Scal92 22-25, F Mar 12

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    I was diagnosed with Trichotillomania

    when I was 5 years old. I am now 22. I only pull my eyelashes now. I used to pull the hair in my scalp and my eyebrows. I am having the most difficult time letting my eyelashes grow. A year ago I was able to let then grow out for 45 days and then stress got the best of me and I...
    09cramptonsa 09cramptonsa 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 24, 2014

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    I know I've written about this before.

    It's been a while but it is still up there on my profile as an experience. When I wrote that, it was still when my hair was growing out. I was frustrated, tempted and positive that it would never stop driving me up the wall. It has been about two years and four months since I...
    Narp12 Narp12 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    Today is the day that I shaved my head don't be

    scared ladies it really isn't that bad. Remeber that hair does grow back and it doesn't chage who you are so keep your head's up and don't let trichotillomania get the best of you because you're all over comers :)
    KianiYvonne13 KianiYvonne13 16-17 Mar 24, 2014

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    I am having a hair fit tonight.

    I've been pulling for about three hours straight now. I do not know what to do I tried everything. I put my wig on then I took it off because the urge was so strong that I had a pull more! I really hate this disorder. I wish I had a magic wand to make everyone's trichotillomania...
    hasbrogrl74 hasbrogrl74 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 12

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    My Life Because Of Eyebrow Pulling

    I’m 19 years old and I plug out my eyebrows. Most of the time I felt like I was the only one in this world with this problem until I started getting the urge to take out my eye lashes. So I went on and searched in Google “I plug out my eye lashes”, then I came across the...
    yasmilg1 yasmilg1 22-25, F 33 Responses Sep 26, 2010

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    I hate trichotillomania.

    I wish I didn't have it. I'd like to not have to wear make-up and false lashes all the time. I hate having draw on my brows and eyeliner just to go to sleep. I hate having to wear make-up to the gym. I hate the way my brow-less lash-less face looks when I sweat and the make up...
    justme973 justme973 18-21, F Feb 11

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    Help please! I'm going through a really bad

    period with my trich right now... My eyebrows are as good as gone without the help of make up. What are some good ways for me to stop??? I've tried playing with things and stress balls but they don't work. I need something to help me stop completely or at least until I can...
    ValentinaGirl14 ValentinaGirl14 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 25

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    Hi, i was wondering ive stop pulling

    but now i have the new hair coming in quickly and it sticks up and its really obvious especially at the front, i was wondering how do you hide them? Its really bringing my self confidence right down
    RiRiWin RiRiWin 16-17 3 Responses Feb 3

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    I started pulling my eyebrows out 4 years ago,

    then once I had none left I started ripping out my eyelashes. I still have no eyelashes and eyebrows and I occasionally pull from the hair on my head too. I also have urges to pull other people's hair out especially if they have a hair that is out of place.
    behindblueeyess behindblueeyess 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 22, 2014

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    Hey im 22 been pulling from my scalp

    for 6/7 years...Im a guy and finding it hard to find other guys to talk about trich. Most of my mates have never heard of it or they only think it effects girls. I've been wearing a bandana recently when im in the house, which helps a lot. Granted I look like boiled egg.
    ollie422 ollie422 22-25, M Feb 17

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    Has anyone tried seeking help

    or treatment from a doctor or something? Is it worth it?
    justme973 justme973 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 20

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    There really is no cure to this,

    and it drives me crazy. But I have tried a few things to control my hair pulling and maybe they'll help for you guys too. I try to put on a hat the minute I get home since home is the place I pull the most, yes there is the urge to rip the hat off and start pulling, but at least...
    jandelrey jandelrey 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 16

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    Coping With My Ttm

    I've had trichotillomania for as long as I can remember, since sometime early in elementary school. I pulled out my eyelashes, and to this day, I can't help it. I would always get teased and picked on for it, and we all know how mean kids can be, so I know others can...
    TarePanda TarePanda 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 26, 2009

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    All About Meeee

     Im a super happy girl! but one thing im not happy about is that I suffer from hair pulling! i dont like it at all! And also,i pull my eyelashes out! Wow, i feel like a total idiot when people say hey kayla wheres your eye lashes or why are you are you bald? ha i tell...
    kaybaby007 kaybaby007 16-17, F 4 Responses Apr 15, 2008

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    I Wish I Could Stop.

    I've been pulling my hair and eyelashes out for many years. Since i was a little girl, now being 18. I used to have long beautiful eyelashes and hair. My pulling has gotten so bad that I have bald spots all over my head and i wear fake eyelashes everywhere I go. Some of my...
    mariexo mariexo 18-21 3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

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    Trich has been apart of my life

    since I was about 6 years old. I don't know exactly what triggered it, but it has greatly impacted my life. It hit the hardest when I was in the 4th grade. I was a little 9 year old girl with no eyebrows and only 5 eyelashes on each eye. I knew back then that it was wrong, but I...
    ValentinaGirl14 ValentinaGirl14 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 13

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    I have officially been pull-free

    since April 18th, 2014 and I am extremely happy with myself. I am going to get my first haircut (by a hairstylist) in almost 4 years. <3 I just wanted to remind people that there IS an end to this disorder! I had mine through hypnotherapy! It worked for me. If ANYONE ever...
    court14harris court14harris 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 26, 2014

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    This Is My Story As Was Published In The Huffington Post 10/1/12

    Who you are looking at in this photo right now is a fraud. Every day I go to great lengths to hide what I really look like. Every day I make sure you don't see what I do every morning when I wake up and look in my bathroom mirror. Because I have a disorder that an estimated 2-4...
    sandy7814 sandy7814 36-40 2 Responses Oct 11, 2012

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    im not sure when i started pulling my hair

    but i have been doing it for years and im now 27. i also have depression/anxiety which im on medication for and had a very bad past. i have tried shaving my hair and letting it regrow but it hasnt worked. i thought to was just a habit i could get out but never been able to...
    shinedownbabyxo shinedownbabyxo 26-30, F Jul 10, 2014

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    I Have Trichotillamania

    I first realized my Trichotillamania in 3rd grade. I would twist my hair around my finger, forming it into a knot, then I would rip it off. I did this atleast a hundread times a day. Until I got caught, I stopped. A year later I felt it, a strange pain in to eyebrows and eye...
    AreYouMadCool AreYouMadCool 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 2013

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    Well, today is a big day

    for me. On this day three years ago, November 11, 2011, I made the decision to stop pulling. I've been pull free for three year!! And what an amazing journey it has been! When I first stopped, things were hard; really hard! I would constantly be reminding myself, day in and day...
    Casslav Casslav 18-21 2 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    Constant Urge to Pull

        i can remember the very first time i started pulling from my eyebrow; i was in third grade, at a new school and it was the day after my grandfather's funeral. after a while, i started pulling my eyelashes and i'd make little piles on my desk. i was so confused...
    holland1945 holland1945 18-21, F 11 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    I am finally starting to feel great!

    Iv gone two months without pulling and my hair is getting some length and thickness! I havent had my hair this long in about 12 years! Im getting my first hair cut since I was 8 next month! Things are looking up and Im slowly getting my confidence back :)